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Old 02-01-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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Cool installing hood lock tomorrow

the famed Mopar accessory ignition lock is awaiting my assault in the morning....have secured long-arm rivet gizmo, read the instruction 1/2 dozen times....and have highly caffeinated beans ready for assimilation prior to project....

photos to follow....

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Old 02-01-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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I need one also.

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Old 02-02-2011, 12:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the future pictures and install info. I have the Mopar lock sitting in a box and the Wrangler I ordered just arrived at the dealership.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:56 AM   #4
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Yes.. make sure you have the right rivet gun.. it's an odd size. I ended up having to have everything put back together because we didn't have the right one. :s
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:43 AM   #5
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thanks for the headsup JGirl.....I'll be sure to check the assorted sizing chucks BEFORE any disassembly begins....

and the 'Morning Slammer' coffee/rocket fuel is brewing as we speak....
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:58 AM   #6
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What is the difference between the Rugged Ridge hood lock ($20) and the Mopar hood lock ($150 and also made by RR). Is it just that the Mopar one uses your existing key and the other has a seperate key?
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:58 PM   #7
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gott'er done!

rocket juice ready


tools/parts/INSTRUCTION sheet




ready to rivet


riveting done


new grill fasteners (BETTER than the OEM)


all locked up


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VERY easy to do. Had to borrow long handled rivet tool.

BIG tip: READ the DIRECTIONS!!!

This device is considerably heavier than the other cheaper one. This has a solid heavy surrounding box for the hood latch itself. The lock does a self-configuration to YOUR ignition key.

Yes, I hated spending this much....but I've had considerable experience in coming to recognize the advantages having a higher level of security for the engine area. Yes they can defeat any device. It DOES raise the level of difficulty for random lift & grab a bunch of wires type vandalism....

TIME:

took something less than an hour including screwing with propane heater, work light, crummy OEM grill screws I jimmied up last time I had it apart....
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:52 PM   #8
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gott'er done!tools/parts/INSTRUCTION sheet
Glad ya had a hand with the install!!!
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:11 PM   #9
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folks, i cant see the photos
today i had a problem while trying the lock, i still was able to move the latch and release the hood!
any idea?? can i see photos plz?
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:16 PM   #10
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I can't see any of the photos as well. It looks like the images have been deleted?
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:36 PM   #11
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photos deleted from photobucket...

did you have the lock installed and locked? You have to turn the key to lock it, then the latch hook is quite stationary.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:37 PM   #12
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I can't see the pics either. Don't care as my jeep came with 3 hood latches. I also keep my spare key under the hood in the fuse box. I also don't need the junk
Daystar hood wranglers, as I just took the hood lift spring off and I have no hood flutter at 92 mph! I never even remove the ingition key even if I lock the doors, just pull it out half way out and the buzzer even quits. I just carry another key to unlock or remote start the CAR! Oh and I have the chrome gas door but will never lock the gas cap. Pain in the a$$ and gas is cheap. I don't sweat the small trivial BS.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:20 PM   #13
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yes i turn the key and i lock, but still you can push the latch to the right and open the hood!
weird ha?
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:13 AM   #14
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Are you saying with the hood closed, the key locked, it doesn't stop the latch from moving?

I'm trying to picture how that might occur.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:50 AM   #15
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yes exactly, you know in the lock-less case you can move that latch to the right so you can open up the hood. still that distance allows it to open the hood despite the lock!!!
weird weird weird situation, we even tried to move the lock to the right side a bit so we could get good catch of the latch but then the lock was way far from the holes and the key was blocked by the grill!!!
if you could post me a photo of your lock and installation, would be helpful
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:22 AM   #16
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Hood lock needs rework

The hood latch can be moved sideways with a finger or anything small, releasing it from the hood lock. It took several hours in the shop reworking to make the lock work. Posted that on 3/13/11 but don't know how to put it here yet.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:29 PM   #17
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jeeptrail: would like to see photos of your solution.

My hood has a bug-shield installed, and there is extremely limited room to insert anything. Due to your previous report, I experimented, and DID find a way to do it.....requiring an ice pick. Phillips screw drivers were too large for the space available.

I'd agree with knowledge of where exactly to put the right tool and how to use it, the latch lock can be defeated.

Given the zillion & 1 other ways to inflict discomfort & annoyance upon normal vehicle operation by the wayward Jeep driver, there is little alarm raised for me by discovering this procedure.

My phobia is based on the 'random ease of access' model of vandalism, which is different than the 'focused going to steal it regardless of difficulty' crowd.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:41 PM   #18
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I don't have a hood lock !

I have a trip-switch actuated tape deck (under hood) that plays Laurence Welk recordings-LOUD-

I figure anybody that can stand that deserves-THINGS-under the hood !

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Old 03-28-2011, 07:02 PM   #19
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Hood lock pictures

Here are some pictures of the lock; hope they are big enough. The lock cam has a shim attached to take up the up and down hood movement. The cam shim has to be filed at angles to get the lock cam to move easily. A smooth rivet head on both sides is necessary to avoid catching on the hood safety, also the crossbeam the lock attaches to. The threaded bolt to the right, inside lock housing, stops hood safety catch from moving further to the right. The hood can't be opened anymore in locked position. I drilled the bolt hole and then elongated the hole to allow fine adjustment left or right. You will get everything right eventually. Just don't permanently attach the lock untill it works. I bolted mine on anyway. So if it breaks it can be removed. I moved the safety latch mounting bolt down so that my very thin wrench can undo it if the lock breaks in the locked position. Put thick paper between hood and wrench to protect paint. Use focused beam LED flashlight to see bolt for wrenching.
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There is Alot of easily accessible electronic componets under a jeep hood and anyone familiar with them can oPen a hood and remove alot of stuff quickly if they knew what they were going for and they were all ready with the tools. It's a good thing that Alot of the sensors and things like ignition coils and mass air sensors are readily available and cheap aftermarket or parts stolen off jeeps engines would be more common.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #21
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jeeptrail:

does your last photo show removal of the hood latch spring? And is that the elongated/lowered bolt head you would remove should the lock somehow stick?

Very interesting design to work around a couple issues you have identified. Thanks for photos!!! I'll be looking at mine tomorrow. It's already riveted in though.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:15 PM   #22
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Hood lock

The photo of the hood latch shows it installed on hood. I didn't take the spring off; no need to. The bolt is long enough to back it out, making space to slip a wrench onto it with the hood lock on. It's too hard to get the wrench onto the bolt when it's recessed down into the regular space it was set up for. I added a nut onto the bolt to take up the space, as photo shows. If the lock breaks in the locked mode, you can remove this bolt to release the hood latch. For your lock already riveted in place, you can drill out the rivets to get the lock off for rework. Put a barrier up over the entire radiator area so no metal fragments get in it, and vacuum out the area immediatly after drilling. The lock box will be need cleaning too.

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